Geology Major

As a geology major, you will learn to apply the principles of all the sciences to the study of the Earth. The geology major focuses on a range of fundamental earth systems, including the study of rocks and minerals, rock-forming processes, sedimentary relationships, rock deformation and field methods in the geosciences. These studies may emphasize geologic exploration, which uses various approaches in the search for petroleum, natural gas, mineral deposits and groundwater resources. Geology graduates will have the skills to address issues ranging from geologic hazards to issues of pollution, both local and global. With a degree in geology, students can choose a discipline within the geosciences to study in a master's or doctoral program.

You should major in geology if...

  • You are fascinated by, and skilled in, a broad range of science as well as mathematics.
  • You are interested in groundwater, petroleum or materials exploration.
  • You are interested in deep Earth  and/or extra-terrestrial planetary exploration.
  • You are considering going on to graduate-level studies in geosciences.

Program overview

The geology major will train you in the broad spectrum of the geosciences, as well as in the fundamentals of mathematics, chemistry, physics and biology that form the basis for the scientific study of the Earth. After completing the required foundation courses, you may choose electives to suit your specific areas of interest. For example, you will have the opportunity to study various areas, from hydrogeology to remote sensing.

  • Program requirements: To learn more about specific program requirements, consult the most recent academic catalog.
  • Course listings: To see which courses will be offered when, check out the WMU course listings. You can also read course descriptions for geological and environmental sciences classes here.
  • Professional development: Students in the Department of Geological and Environmental Sciences are encouraged to gain valuable professional, research and field experience through joining our highly active student organizations.


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